Recipes That Will Make Pancetta Your New Go-To Ingredient for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Move over, bacon!

March 29, 2021

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I always find it odd that bacon is so popular and pancetta still somewhat unknown. The two share a lot in common: both are made by curing pork belly and they can be used in a lot of the same recipes. The main difference between the two is that bacon is smoked, and pancetta is not.

If you’re a fan of bacon’s savory flavor, then you need to know about pancetta too. Sure, you may not see pancetta and eggs on the menu at your local diner and you may not think to use it in a sandwich — but that doesn’t mean pancetta can’t do those things. In fact, you can (and should) be using pancetta in your cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner — and these recipes prove it!

Bored of chicken? Tired of sausage? This butternut squash pasta gets a meaty upgrade with the addition of crispy, golden pancetta.

This open-face breakfast sandwich is stacked with egg, tomato, arugula, and slices of pancetta. Translation: it’s packed with amazing flavor.

Impress your family with this dressed-up roast that’s perfect for any occasion. Giada uses a blend of garlic, rosemary, and thyme to season it before wrapping the meat in slices of pancetta.

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Photo by: Kat Teutsch

Kat Teutsch

Another delicious way to get brunch on the table quickly? This savory, cheesy pancetta tart with scallions. Cut into wedges for everyone to share!

Baked Eggplant and Pancetta Pasta

Baked Eggplant and Pancetta Pasta

Baked Eggplant and Pancetta Pasta

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

This simple baked pasta dish is loaded with hearty flavors that everyone will love: eggplant, cheesy pasta and crispy, salty pancetta.

Carbonara Stuffed Potatoes w Crispy Panchetta

Photo by: Petrina Tinslay

Petrina Tinslay

Transform boring potatoes into a comforting treat with this carbonara-inspired take. Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes of prep work to get a batch into the oven.

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